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Sandberg: Facebook would run Blackburn ad taken down by Twitter

At Axios' live event in D.C., Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told Axios that Facebook would run the Marsha Blackburn ad announcing her Senate campaign, which claimed Planned Parenthood sold "baby body parts" and was taken down by Twitter — even though Sandberg said she personally disagreed with the views expressed in the ad. "When you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for other people," she said.

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U.S. tech giants hiring more foreign workers on H-1B visas

Prominent U.S. tech companies obtained more H-1B visas in 2017 than in 2016, according to a new study by the National Foundation for American Policy using fresh data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. At the same time, several of the largest India-based companies saw a decrease in approved petitions for the second year in a row.

The big picture: Total petitions for H-1B visas for the 2019 fiscal year fell by about 9,000, mostly due to a decreasing numbers of H-1B petitions from India-based firms. However, the study shows there is still a strong demand for H-1Bs in the U.S.

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Yes, there really is a lot of space junk

This visualization shows the 15,723 objects being tracked in low-Earth orbit by the U.S. military's Joint Space Operations Command — including nearly 13,000 that are classified as space debris.

Data: Space-Track; Note: Perigee is the point in an object's orbit where it's closest to Earth. Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Why it matters: As space opens up to more nations, companies and possibly nonprofits, concerns are growing about how to track the growing amount of debris. This week, Vice President Mike Pence announced a "comprehensive space traffic management policy" to address the issue.